Tuesday, April 29, 2008

How it could be done

The only worse thing than getting out to Marshall was that you didn't get out; that just meant you had to face this very dangerous man a little longer. And it wasn't a harrowing experience because he was making faces at you. So, in that spirit, here is a little quote from an interesting article about Malcolm Marshall:
Marshall did not like Chris Broad, and the sight of Rehan Alikhan, the former Sussex and Surrey opener, maddened him. It may have been something to do with the batsman's perceived arrogance at the crease. In one county match Alikhan played and missed four times in succession. The silent assassin, who thought sledging had something to do with snow, finally lost his cool. "Somebody get him a bigger bat," he shouted in exasperation.
Very interesting; no glowering; no spitting or swearing; no cursing, abusing or mother-or-sister invoking; just an exasperated outburst. My guess is Marshall went back to his mark, ran in as quickly as ever, and concentrated on getting the irritation out of his sight expeditiously. A useful lesson to be learned here for all aspiring fast bowlers, surely?


Blogger Jrod said...

With sledging he could have got his average down to 14.

11:46 PM  
Blogger Som said...

I'm sorry but the current crop you have is more hype than substance. Ask them to hang around for a decade and them come back for any comparison with the likes of Marshall.

My suspicion is the likes of Sreesanth/Nel, deep inside, realise that their skill is not effective enough and they need to prop it up by those antics. No wonder, they resort to stuff like this.

4:09 AM  
Blogger Straight Point said...

very well put som...

its nothing but fad...they just want to divert attentions from their performances...

its also not a coincidence that biggest sledgers of today are more or less non performers...

8:18 AM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

JRod: I think he took mercy on the cricket fans of the world, and let them enjoy some batting for a bit.

Som, SP: I'm afraid too much television has gone to folks' heads. Too many slow-motion replays of people snarling and so on. I'd like Sree et al to win a few more matches before they start getting so out of control.

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